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Wine Labels – It’s a Family Thing

In addition to being a foundational element of society, “Family” also turns out to be an iconic marketing theme. This is perhaps no more so than in the wine industry where the “family winery” or “family estate” seems so omnipresent among wine brands.  In fact, a quick Google search for “family winery” yields 1.7M results — Clif Family, Benziger Family, Mayo Family…

We decided to look at this theme using LabelVision, ShipCompliant’s online tool that allows searches and monitoring of label approvals going back to 1995.

Since 1995, 5.8% of all wine labels approved have had the word “family” associated with it, whether as part of the brand name or located somewhere on the back label. That’s over 74,000 approved labels with “family” located on it somewhere.

Discovered by LabelVision

Discovered by LabelVision

But then we started wondering about the WHOLE FAMILY. Of the 1.2 million wine labels approved since 1995 we found that some members of the family are more popular with wine brand owners than others.

It’s pretty clear that at least where wine labels are concerned, Dad, Mom and Grandfather are getting lots more love than the cousins.

One thing we should point out about the 73,000 wine labels approved since 1995 with the word “family” included in the label is that this only includes a search for the English spelling of family and does not include use of the word family written in another language. Were we to look for the words “Famille”, “Familia” or “Famiglia” and other common translations we found over 77,000 approved labels.

ShipCompliant’s LabelVision Tool allows user to identify keywords and receive an email alert whenever that keyword shows up on a new label approval, making this addition to our product line up critical for those looking to protect trademarks. However, as you can see from our investigation of the family, LabelVision is also capable of helping researchers delve into numerous marketing trends.

Massachusetts, Key Legislative Updates Highlighted at 9th Annual Wine Compliance Virtual Seminar

–For Immediate Release–

Virtual seminar addresses wine shipping rule changes and new reporting innovations for wineries.

Boulder, Colo. — On Tuesday, November 11, ShipCompliant, the leading compliance provider for wine, spirits and beer producers, will hold its 9th annual Direct Shipping Virtual Seminar for wineries. Attendees will learn about recent legislative and regulatory changes affecting wine shipping as well as the newest innovations to help wineries streamline reporting. This year’s seminar also includes best practices for end of year reporting. The online seminar is open free of charge to all members of the wine industry.

“The opening of Massachusetts represents the most significant opportunity for direct shippers since Granholm.” said Jeff Carroll, ShipCompliant’s Vice President of Product. “The new rules, requirements, and the status of common carrier licensing will be covered on Tuesday.”

The seminar will take place at 10:00am PST. Hundreds of wine industry representatives attend this seminar each year. ShipCompliant recommends wine club managers, heads of marketing and hospitality, compliance managers, shipping department managers, winery owners, and third party marketers all attend the seminar.

Online registration for the ShipCompliant Virtual Seminar is available now.

About ShipCompliant
Founded in 2002 and located in Boulder, Colorado, ShipCompliant is a leader in automated alcohol beverage compliance services. ShipCompliant provides wine and spirits suppliers and importers with a full suite of web-based software tools to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations for direct and wholesale distribution. ShipCompliant works with the industry’s leading software providers and fulfillment companies to provide fully integrated solutions for direct and three-tier distribution. For more information, please visit: www.shipcompliant.com.

Media Contact
Jeff Carroll
Jeff (at) ShipCompliant (dot) com
(303) 996-2343

Ship or Distribute to Indiana? Here’s How to Meet Their New Requirements

Starting with the October filing period, Indiana requires all alcohol beverage companies working in Indiana to electronically remit monthly excise tax returns and shipment reports. This method for electronic filing and payment is unique to Indiana and does not exist in any other state report.

ShipCompliant will be holding several webinars over the coming weeks to help you navigate these new requirements.

Click here to attend a webinar or sign up for a consultation.

The new Indiana report will be filed automatically for ShipCompliant AutoFile users. All other filers can use the summarized actions below to meet the new Indiana requirements.

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Step 1: Register with Indiana’s Excise Tax and Bulk Filing Departments

  • Send an email request to Excisetax@dor.in.gov with your FID/FEIN, to obtain your new Alcohol Beverage TID#
  • To register with Indiana’s Bulk Filing Department, send an email request to bulkfiler@dor.in.gov for a certificate of registration.

Step 2: Download and install the following software needed to E-File

Step 3: Generate two test .xml files and send to Indiana via the above noted software programs

Step 4: Set-up electronic payments

  • Electronic Payment set-up is required for those liable for paying taxes, such as wine direct shippers
  • Register for electronic payment at www.in.gov/dor/3976.htm
    Submit a test payment of $0.01 to PNC Bank

If you want the full set of instructions on Indiana electronic filing start by visiting the Indiana Department of Revenue FAQ page, or contact the department via the information provided on the FAQ page for more info.

And if this all too much for you to complete by the November due date (during one of the busiest times in the year), have no fear. If you are unable to successfully submit your report through this new bulk-filing process in November, Indiana will accept a paper version of the report for this month only.

Want to avoid the hassle of reporting to Indiana altogether? Sign up for ShipCompliant AutoFile and let us worry about completing the above steps for you. Learn more about AutoFile today!

New Direct-to-Consumer Shipping Requirements in Maine

Wineries licensed to ship to Maine consumers now have fewer reports to file each year. Maine recently amended its direct-to-consumer law to require that direct shippers file excise tax returns and shipment reports once a year. Unlike the quarterly reporting periods which were based on the calendar year, the annual reporting period corresponds to the license year. The filing deadline for annual reports is the 30th day of the month immediately following the annual expiration date of the direct shipping license. Licensees are required to report the total gallons of wine shipped to Maineconsumers during the license year, with the exception of the first annual report which will cover all shipments made from July 1, 2014 through the end of the license year.

The total volume of shipments from a direct shipper to any one recipient address in Maine continues to be 12 cases per calendar year. The Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations (BABLO) is in the process of notifying wineries currently licensed to ship to Maine consumers of the transition from quarterly to annual reporting periods. Direct Shipper Excise Tax Returns and Report of Wine Shipment Forms have been updated to reflect the new filing schedule and can be accessed on the BABLO and Wine Institute websites.

Annie Bones
State Relations – Wine Institute
abones@wineinstitute.org

2015 Alcohol License Renewal Season Begins in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently announced that existing licensees can now renew their alcohol license for 2015 via their Georgia Tax Center (GTC) account. Renewals must be completed online using the GTC before the end of the calendar year.  Wineries renewing a Manufacturer of Wine, Farm Winery or Broker license are required to submit a $5000 bond that is valid for 2015. Please note that the renewal process cannot be completed until after the bond is uploaded to the licensee’s GTC account.

Georiga DORAdditionally, any alcohol licensee that has not yet submitted a Citizenship Affidavit and copy of a Secure and Verifiable Document must provide this information at the time of renewal. For more information about how to file for renewal via your GTC account, click here.

Annie Bones, State Relations – Wine Institute

Outside Magazine Names ShipCompliant One of America’s Best Places to Work in 2014

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Software Company Ranks #70 on National List for Workplace Excellence

ShipCompliant, the industry leader in compliance and tax automation for the beverage alcohol industry, has been selected as one of OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work 2014. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. The entire list of winners appears online at www.outsideonline.com/dreamjobs.

“The credit lies with ShipCompliant’s team on this award. It is a group united by common core values and driven by our purpose to create great solutions for our customers.” said Jason Eckenroth, ShipCompliant’s CEO. “As a customer-funded business, we’ve had no choice but to focus on our ability to attract, hire and retain the very best people. The values articulated in Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work criteria were a natural fit for ShipCompliant.”

To find the best places to work in the United States, OUTSIDE conducted a rigorous eight-month vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies, and went straight to the employees to hear about factors like corporate culture, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop: companies who cultivate a collaborative workplace, enable their employees to enjoy the great outdoors and take pride in their roles in the community and the environment.

“If you’re considering a career change or searching for your dream job, OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work list is the first place to look,” said OUTSIDE Executive Editor Michael Roberts. “These companies set the standard for workplaces that really value their employees and offer an experience that’s fulfilling inside and outside the office.”

ShipCompliant has also been named to the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies in 2011, 2013, and 2014; Mercury 100 Fastest Growing Startups 2008-2013; and the 2011 Colorado Companies to Watch. In 2009, the company was named an IQ Innovation Award Winner, an honor that recognizes companies creating the most innovative new products or services.

Since its founding, ShipCompliant has been committed to providing legendary support for its clients facing challenges in the not-always-sexy world of tax and product compliance. The company’s core values are centered on authentic empathy, a passion for possibilities, being accountable for outcomes, and building in leverage to create exponential impact.

Located in the outdoors mecca of Boulder, Co., ShipCompliant currently employs 42 full-time employees and has plans to grow in the coming year. To view and apply for open positions, please visit ShipCompliant’s Careers page: www.shipcompliant.com/careers.

OUTSIDE published the full list of Best Places to Work on October 2. For more information, please visit www.bestplacestoworkoutside.com.

Media Contacts:
ShipCompliant Contact: Analiese Brown, 303-996-2358, analiese@shipcompliant.com
OUTSIDE Contact: Maya Meredith, 212-255-0945, maya@rosengrouppr.com